Darrell Wilson, who spent the last 11 seasons at Iowa, is in his first season as the defensive secondary coach at Rutgers. He previously served as the running backs coach for the Scarlet Knights in 1999.
Wilson coached the defensive secondary for the Hawkeyes in 2012, while assisting with special teams. He worked with all the linebacker positions and special teams for the four seasons prior afterworking with special teams and outside linebackers in his first six seasons in Iowa City. He was named by Rivals.com in Feb. 2011 as one of the top 25 recruiters in the nation, primarily recruiting New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Iowa won 89 games during his tenure, with 52 Big Ten victories. The program participated in 10 bowl games since 2001 with six taking place in January. The Hawkeyes finished ranked in the final top 10 of both major polls four times in the past 11 seasons.
Iowa has ranked among national leaders in interceptions in recent years. The Hawkeyes collected 10 interceptions in 2012, returning two of those for touchdowns. Cornerback Micah Hyde was honored with the Tatum-Woodson Defensive Back of the Year award, presented by the Big Ten, while earning first team all-Big Ten honors.
In 2010, the Hawkeyes ranked fifth in the nation in total defense (332.1), sixth in rushing defense (101.5) and seventh in scoring defense (17.0). Iowa also tied for seventh in turnover margin (+13) and 11th in interceptions (19). True freshman James Morris earned Freshman All-America honors at middle linebacker. Iowa’s special teams ranked sixth nationally in punt coverage (3.9) and 12th in kickoff returns (25.3).
Wilson joined the Iowa staff after serving as outside linebacker coach and special teams coordinator at Wisconsin for two years (2000-01). One of his star players at Wisconsin was punter Kevin Stemke, winner of the 2000 Ray Guy Punter of the Year Award.
He also coached running backs at Rutgers (1999) and the defensive secondary and wide receivers at Rhode Island (1996-98).
Before his collegiate coaching career began, he compiled a 65-18 record as head coach at Woodrow Wilson High School in Camden, N.J. (1988-95). His Wilson HS teams won five conference championships and four times advanced to the South Jersey Group III state finals. Along with the outstanding success of his teams on the football field, Wilson was named Camden’s “Citizen of the Year” by the Rotary Club in 1992.
A former honorable mention Division I-AA All-America defensive back for Connecticut (1976-80), Wilson was named to the Huskies’ 100th anniversary all-time team in 1998. He played one year with the New England Patriots (1981) and five seasons (1982-86) with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts. He was a member of the 1983 squad that won the CFL’s Grey Cup.
Wilson graduated from Connecticut (1981) with a B.A. in sociology.
Wilson was born July 28, 1958. He and his wife, Monica, have four daughters, Brianna, Kayla, Kiana and Jehlani.
The Wilson File
Hometown: Pennsauken, N.J.
Alma Mater: Connecticut, 1981
Children: Brianna, Kayla, Kiana, Jehlani
2013 – Rutgers (Defensive Backs)
2012 – Iowa (defensive backs/special teams)
2008-11 – Iowa (linebackers/special teams)
2002-07 – Iowa (outside linebackers/special teams)
2000-01 – Wisconsin (outside linebackers/special teams)
1999 – Rutgers (running backs)
1996-98 – Rhode Island (defensive backs/wide receivers)
1988-95 – Woodrow Wilson HS (head coach)
A honorable mention Division I-AA All-America defensive back for Connecticut (1976-80), also playing one season for the New England Patriots (1981) and five with the CFL’s Toronto Argonauts (1982-86).